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Pompeiian Urn

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Location:  6615 Wenonga Terrace, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  May 3, 2016

This large urn was once part of the Pompeiian Room in the old Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, once one of Kansas City’s premier hotels, that opened in 1899.  When the hotel was demolished in 1939, the owners gave the urn to J.C. Nichols and he placed it at its current location.  It was once considered one of the premier examples of Pompeiian architecture in the United States.  I have seen information that it was once part of a fountain but I have not seen whether it was at the old hotel or at its current location.  It is not a fountain now.

It is located in a traffic circle along Wenonga Terrace.  The address above is approximate but when you reach the circle you cannot miss the urn.

There was a house under construction on the north side of the circle and so all of my pictures were taken from angles to keep the construction and everything involved out of the shots.

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Newport Apartment Fountain

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Location:  Newport Apartment, 3536 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 13, 2016

This fountain’s origins have kind of been lost to time.  It used to be located in the rose garden at the old St. Joseph Hospital (I believe that was located at Linwood & Prospect).  It was relocated to the Newport Apartment building around 1980.  Due to its similarity to the Intercity Horse Trough Fountain, it is assumed that it was originally built as a horse trough fountain but when and where are unknown.

At the Newport Apartment, it has been used as a planter.  In the photos, you can see that it is full of soil.  The little statue on top of the fountain was added after it was moved to its current location.  The water elements are no longer intact.

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Observation Park Fountain

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Location:  Observation Park, W 20th Street and Holly Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  February 5, 2016

On the north side of Observation Park is this wall fountain.  You can find it by starting at the intersection of 20th and Holly and taking the sidewalk leading east from there.  You will see a tall block wall with staircases leading up into the park.  This fountain is found at the bottom of that wall.

The fountain does not run.  However, it’s fairly obvious how it worked.  Water came out of the mouth of the lion and into the basin.  Also, due to its secluded location, the city has had problems with graffitti over the years.

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Frank S. Land Memorial

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Location:  8640 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri

Found:  January 31, 2016

The Frank S. Land Memorial is a memorial sculpture and was, at one time, also an operational fountain.  I’m not sure if it was once part of a fountain or if the memorial itself was the actual fountain.  This memorial has been relocated at least once, if my research is accurate.  The memorial is currently located in front of the Masonic Hall on Holmes Road.

Frank S. Land was a business and community leader in Kansas City and also the founder of the Order of DeMolay (aka DeMolay International), which is now an international youth organization.

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The Nymph

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Location:  West 69th Terrace and State Line Road, Mission Hills, KS

Found:  April 5, 2015

This sculpture by Raffaelo Romanelli was purchased and placed in 1963 and originally meant to be fountain.  However, the water features were never installed and it became just a sculptural piece.

You can see how the water features would have taken shape.  The face right underneath the nymph looks like where the water would have come out and gone down into the basin below with another face keeping an eye on the drain.

The Nymph herself sits up top.  The nude figure has definitely seen better days as it looks like the elements have not been too kind to her.  Her left arm looks to have been repaired and she is missing most of her feet.

The sculpture is located in the middle of a traffic island at West 69th Terrace on the Kansas side of State Line Road.  She is at the center of the island and is the focal point for a small park.  I took the pictures in early spring when the foliage had not yet bloomed out.  I have driven past here many times and in the summer it is very green and lush.  Perhaps I will go back in the summer and take more pictures and update this post.

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William Volker Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Theis Park, Volker Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  April 20, 2014

Located at the south end of Theis Park along Brush Creek facing Volker Boulevard.  From this location, you can see the Nelson-Atkins Museum to the north along with two of the shuttlecocks.

The sculpture in the center is of St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of France, on horseback about to share his coat with the beggar below.  Around the saint and the beggar are an angel sitting, a confused faun and a flying angel.  The artist who created the sculptures had a sense of humor as the seated angel is wearing a wristwatch and the flying angel is holding its flute backwards.

Behind the fountain is the Brush Creek Waterfall which is currently not running.  I am not sure if it is operable or not.  I could swear I read somewhere that it is needed repairs.  Should it get repairs and/or I find it running, I will remove those pictures from this page and create its own page.

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Intercity Horse Trough Fountain

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Location:  Wyandotte County Museum, 631 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs

Found:  April 10, 2014

This fountain is one of the oldest fountains still existing, having been first placed in 1905.  It has been moved a couple of times, starting at the Kansas end of what is now known as the Lewis & Clark Viaduct.  It was later moved to the tennis courts at 18th and Parallel in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Wyandotte County Historical Society eventually purchased it, had it fully restored and placed at its current home at the Wyandotte County Museum in Wyandotte County Park.  However, it is no longer a functional fountain.

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Epperson House Wall Fountain

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Location:  Epperson House, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5200 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 21, 2013

This no longer operational wall fountain can be found at the east end of the Epperson House on the campus of UMKC.  Water used to flow out of the lion’s mouth and into the basin below.  Epperson House was completed in 1923 and was later donated to UMKC in 1942.  It is currently vacant and awaiting renovations.  The house has quite a history and there are numerous stories of ghosts and supernatural events occuring in and around the house.

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Alfred Benjamin Memorial Fountain

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Location:  Swope Park, Starlight Road and Pavillion Road, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 14, 2013

Northwest of the intersection of Starlight and Pavillion Roads, and across the street from the west parking lot of Starlight Theatre, is this no longer operational drinking fountain in front of a stand of trees.  It was dedicated to the memory of Kansas City philanthropist Alfred Benjamin.  The sculpture on top shows one man offering a drink to the other.  “Charity” is inscribed over the left bench, “humanity” over the right.  An inscription dedicated to and describing Mr. Benjamin is above the bowl.

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American Legion #2

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Location:  Battle of Westport Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Swope Park, Kansas City, MO

Found:  September 14, 2013

This one-time drinking fountain is one of two fountains in Kansas City dedicated by the American Legion in 1921.  It is located behind the Battle of Westport museum just north of the Jacob Loose Memorial Flagpole (you can’t miss it, it’s 178 feet tall!).  The large bronze plaque depicts American soldiers entering a war-torn French village.  The fountain is currently inoperable.

NOTE – The Foundation refers to this one as #2 of the two American Legion fountains and I am following the Foundation’s naming convention.

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